Upcoming Sales Tax Holidays

Maryland and Virginia are holding sales tax holidays in the month of August. The “Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week” for 2020 is Sunday, August 9 – Saturday, August 15. Virginia is holding its annual sales tax holiday on August 7-9, 2020. See below for more details.


  • Dates: August 9-15
  • Items Included:
    • Qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax.
    • Accessory items are generally not included; however, the first $40 of a backpack/bookbag purchase is also tax-exempt.
    • Full List of Tax-Exempt Items

For more information, visit the Maryland Comptroller’s Tax-Free Week site


  • Dates: August 7-9
  • Items included:
    • Qualified school supplies costing $20 or less per item
    • Qualified clothing and footwear costing $100 or less per item
    • Certain hurricane and emergency preparedness products. Price limits vary by item.
    • Qualifying EnergyStar and Watersense products costing $2,500 or less per item (purchased for noncommercial home/personal use).

The VA Department of Taxation has provided more information about which items qualify on their website.

This is a great opportunity to support local businesses during these challenging times. In conjunction with the sales tax holiday, the Maryland Retailers Association is running a scholarship contest to recognize students who have helped a Maryland business keep the lights on during the pandemic – more details can be found on the Comptroller’s website.

Questions? Please reach out to us at info@hertzbach.com.